|1.||[ verb ] lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current|
"the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
|Related terms:||change_integrity physics disintegrate|
|2.||[ noun ] a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current|
|Related terms:||decrease exponential_decay disintegrate|
|3.||[ verb ] fall into decay or ruin|
"The unoccupied house started to decay"
|Related terms:||change deteriorate corrode break erode ruin wilt weather|
|4.||[ noun ] the process of gradually becoming inferior|
|Related terms:||natural_process decomposition corruption dilapidation spoilage cavity|
|5.||[ noun ] (biology) the organic phenomenon of rotting|
|6.||[ verb ] undergo decay or decomposition|
"The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
|Related terms:||change decompose spoil deliquesce putrefy|
|7.||[ noun ] an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying|
"the corpse was in an advanced state of decay" "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair"
|Related terms:||unsoundness decomposition deterioration rot|
|8.||[ noun ] (physics,nuclear physics) the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation|
|Related terms:||nuclear_reaction alpha_decay beta_decay disintegrate|
|9.||[ noun ] (biology,physics) the phenomenon of spontaneous changes in the nucleus of an atom|
|Related terms:||physical_phenomenon organic_phenomenon decompose|